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September 25, 1925 - January 29, 2018

Burial Date: February 1, 2018

Please join us in celebrating Ross’ legacy on Thursday, February 1, 2018, at Melton Mortuary in Beckley, WV.  Family will be received at 11:00am, with friends at noon and funeral services to follow immediately afterwards at 1:00.

Ross McGinnis 1925-2018

Ross McGinnis departed this world in the early morning hours of Monday, January 29, 2018, at home with his family in Stickney, WV, after a long illness. Ross was born September 2, 1925, to Jim and Rosa (Jarrell) McGinnis, who preceded him in death.  Ross was the last remaining child living of Jim’s and Rosa’s children, being preceded by brothers Gove, Henry, Jack, John, Harry and Jake and sisters Ruby, Virginia, Minnie, Gladys and Irma.

Ross is survived by his wife of 72 years, Betty Jane (Pettry) McGinnis, who still resides at their home in Stickney. Ross and Betty had three children, David McGinnis and wife Dreama of Daniels, WV; Gloria and husband David Williams, of Cleveland, OH; and Danny McGinnis and wife Debbie of Whitesville, WV.  Ross had five grandchildren, David Scott McGinnis and wife Michelle of Newton, NJ; Missy Chapman and wife, Marge McCutcheon, of Whitesville, WV; Renea McGinnis of Whitesville, WV; Sheree Henderson and partner, Timothy Reynolds, of Beaver, WV; and Lance Williams and wife Sabrina, of Cleveland, OH.  Ross is also survived by several great-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren including Brittney and Bryce McGinnis, Brent and Caleb Chapman, Alex McCutcheon, Reese Bearfield, Jonah and Jacob McGinnis, Latasha White, Cheyenna Henderson, Leah Meyers, Colton Henderson, Luke Reynolds and Nora Williams.  He had one great-great-grandchild, Makeita Chapman, and seven step-great-great-grandchildren, Ariana and Brooklyn White, Kayome and Keevah Kandal, Silas Henderson, Ben Meyers and Melia Meyers.  Ross also leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews and cousins to honor his memory.

During his lifetime, Ross served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy during World War II. Once he left the military, Ross worked for 42 years in the coal mines for Armco Steel and later Peabody Coal Company.  When he retired, he focused on time with his family and enjoying his favorite activities.  He was an avid gardener and was well known for his huge garden he grew every year, and for providing numerous friends and family with the fruits (and vegetables!) of his labor.  He gardened well into his later years and tended to his crops until he physically became unable to maintain the work of toiling the land.  He still enjoyed being outside though and went for many walks with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren over the years.

Ross had an ornery sense of humor and always had a big smile on his face. He loved teasing Betty and she used to say she had to make him behave, even though he usually wouldn’t.  He was a story-teller, and would usually be found telling tales of when he was a child or a young man growing up in the hills of southern West Virginia and his time working in the coal mines.  He loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and would often be outside shooting basketball with them, taking them up to his garden or playing the Hokey Pokey dance on his 8 track player.  He was always active, well into his later years, and young at heart all the way to his final days.

Ross leaves behind a 92-year legacy of love for family and commitment to hard work and growing strong roots. His memory will live on for all those that knew him and were honored to get to walk, for a while, along his life’s path.  He was a tender of soil, a provider for his family and a man who stayed firmly rooted in what he believed.

Please join us in celebrating Ross’ legacy on Thursday, February 1, 2018, at Melton Mortuary in Beckley, WV.  Family will be received at 11:00am, with friends at noon and funeral services to follow immediately afterwards at 1:00.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made in Ross’ name to Hospice of Southern WV, in honor of the care they provided to him and the family in his final days.  Family and friends are invited to gather after services conclude at the family home in Stickney to celebrate Ross’ memory.